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Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Discover the plays of the Bard of Avon the way they were meant to be seen, at Shakespeare's Globe. an authentic reproduction of the open-air theater once established by the playwright's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The modern playhouse sits roughly 230 m (750 ft) from the site of the original. Between performances, take a guided tour of the theater, and browse exhibitions highlighting Shakespeare and theater in the 16th and 17th centuries. If watching a play while exposed to the elements doesn't appeal, the adjoining Jacobean theater recreates the style of indoor playhouse for which Shakespeare also wrote. Plan to visit Shakespeare's Globe and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended London attractions using our London vacation planning app .
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  • Another really good evening at the Globe watching "Much Ado about Nothing" with yet again a very talented and enthusiastic cast. Enjoyed Midsummer Nights Dream which we saw last year more but that is ...  more »
  • We did this as part of Kidsweek and I went with my 10 year old who loves history - especially The Tudors and Shakespeare. We loved the guided tour with lots of fun stories about how tough and smelly T...  more »
  • Even if you aren't a huge Shakespeare fan, it was very interesting to see the rebuilt Globe. The guided tour was definitely worth it.  more »
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  • Definitely worth a trip. Standing entry is very affordable - about £5 a ticket. It's fun to see some Shakespeare actually performed at the globe. Food and drinks are available to purchase before the show and during intermission. These are a little bit expensive, but definitely not unreasonable given that you're purchasing at an entertainment venue. Be aware that the standing section is not covered, so you'll get wet if it rains, and you're not permitted to use an umbrella.
  • I've been here twice, a year ago to see "Hamlet" and just recently "Much Ado About Nothing". Both shows were fabulous and an interesting take on Shakespeare. Things to note when visiting the theatre: - Yard tickets are really cheap and a great day or evening out. Personally, I always buy seated tickets because I can't stand for that long. - If seated buy cushions, its really worth the £1 extra - A lot of the performances are modern takes on the original production. I've read a couple of bad reviews on here about this, personally I think its excellent. Go to the Globe and buy a seat, you wont regret it.
  • Great selection of plays to see. I always recommend paying £5 to stand in the pit & get the real experience of the play! Just remember to wear comfy shoes and take time to appreciate being in an open air theatre (look at the sky, sunset & stars whilst the play is taking place) - a truly magical experience. Every play I have seen here I have been thoroughly impressed by the production, performance, costume, set, music, volunteers...the list goes on
  • The performance of King Leer was great. Sensational acting, but the seating. My goodness! It couldn't have been less comfortable. I wasn't expecting armchairs but I was sat on a thin wooden bench for 3.5 HOURS with no back support and little legroom. I'd have much preferred to have been standing. I appreciate that they're going for authenticity but I feel we probably don't need perfect authenticity. I wouldn't expect a bout of cholera either...
  • The Globe is such an institution in London, absolutely a must-visit for theatre lovers and fans of the Bard. Built after the original theatre Shakespeare wrote for, the Globe just lopks and feels fantastic. It can be uncomfortable at times, standing for more than three hours or sitting on the small wooden benches. So if you're not sure if you can stand that long, get a seated ticket and bring a seat cushion or back rest with you. The quality of plays here is simply astounding, I've never been disappointed by a performance at the Globe.

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